Thunder Bay’s port and grain terminals give the city a rich agricultural history. | Arlene and Robin Karpan photo

Thunder Bay rich in history and natural attractions

Thunder Bay has long been an important Canadian transportation hub. In recent times it has been best known as the western-most port on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, where grain and other products are loaded onto ships bound for export markets. However, this strategic location for transportation dates back to the early days of […] Read more

Manitoba’s legislative building reveals more than meets the eye when you know where to look. The brilliant statue of the Greek god Hermes on the top of the legislative building is more commonly known as Golden Boy. | photo by Arlene and Robin Karpan

Winnipeg’s Hermetic Code Tour proves mesmerizing

Fancy an adventure the likes of the Da Vinci Code, complete with ancient symbols, hidden clues, and secret society rituals? Then take a trip to Winnipeg. As a bonus, this code-busting experience is for real. The Hermetic Code Tour is the most surprising tour we have taken anywhere. The unlikely setting was the Manitoba legislature, […] Read more

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens aren’t what many people might expect to find during a visit to Lethbridge.  |  Robin and Arlene Karpan Photo

Garden provides a Japanese experience on the Prairies

The grounds are dominated by a classical Japanese pavilion, home to events such as the ancient tea ceremony. Pagodas, a bell tower, and trees pruned to exacting standards surround a pond. Visitors learn about the time-honoured symbolism from hosts and hostesses in traditional dress. It’s as if we’ve wandered into an historic site in Japan, […] Read more


The meandering Qu'Appelle River, Saskatchewan. | Robin and Arlene Karpan photo

Sask.’s Qu’Appelle Valley makes for the ultimate road trip

Did you know that you can travel a third of the way across Saskatchewan while staying in the scenic Qu’Appelle Valley? Despite this being one of the Prairie’s most stunning landscapes, travellers tend to see only bits and pieces, since most highways simply cross the valley, such as Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon, which […] Read more

There’s nothing drab about Dawson City.  |  Arlene and Robin Karpan photo

Dawson City still known as Canada’s icon of the North

Dawson City is a fundamental part of the Canadian psyche. Just think of the North and this icon of the Klondike Gold Rush springs to mind. In the late 1800s, it seemed that the entire world was stampeding to the Yukon, where fortunes were both made and lost. Almost overnight, Dawson City became the largest […] Read more


Cost-savings is a big advantage, but not entirely knowing what you’re getting into can be a major disadvantage when renting an Airbnb.  |  Getty Images

Exploring the pros and cons of staying at an Airbnb

A lot has changed in the world of travel recently, but one of the most significant phenomenon in the past decade has been the emergence of Airbnb. Starting with an idea in 2007, it has become bigger than the five largest hotel chains combined. The odd name originated with two young cash-strapped roommates in San […] Read more

A boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon was the highlight of the authors’ recent visit to Chiapas.  |  Robin and Arlene Karpan photo

Southern Mexico reveals history and natural beauty

We gazed up at vertical cliff faces almost a kilometre high as our boat zigzagged through narrow passages between canyon walls. We stopped to see caves and strange rock formations, or to get closer looks at birds or spider monkeys playing in the trees. Most impressive was the Christmas Tree Waterfall. Wispy streams of water […] Read more

Crowds of visitors fill the main entrance to Angkor Wat. |  Arlene and Robin Karpan photo

Angkor Wat lives up to its reputation

For the last two years, Angkor Wat was chosen as the World’s Top Landmark in Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. This ancient city in northwestern Cambodia has risen from near obscurity during the bad old days of wars and political turmoil in the late 20th century to become one of the most popular tourist destinations […] Read more


Colin Weir gives Arlene Karpan a close-up view of a golden eagle at the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, Alta.  |  Robin and Arlene Karpan photo

Get close and personal with Alberta’s birds of prey

Lincoln the bald eagle perches on Allison’s outstretched arm and waits for a signal. Suddenly he takes to the air and in a matter of seconds reaches the arm of a second handler in the distance. His reward, a tasty bit of fresh meat. Then, swoosh; and he’s back on Allison’s arm as she describes […] Read more

Mountains overlook the Kathleen River in Yukon’s Kluane National Park.    |    Arlene and Robin Karpan photo

Kluane National Park is bold, big and easy to visit

Everything about Kluane National Park is big. It sprawls across southwestern Yukon, is home to the world’s largest ice fields outside the polar regions and has glaciers, wild rivers and wildlife galore. It encompasses 17 of Canada’s 20 tallest mountains, including the imposing Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak at 5,959 metres. The natural features are […] Read more